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The Mumps virus continues to be elevated in the Philadelphia area. Given all of the end of year campus events, Penn is encouraging the entire community to be hyper-vigilent with all disease prevention efforts. 

  • Wash your hands, especially before handling food
  • Use utensils (not hands) to pick up food.
  • Do not share utensils or plates/bowls.
  • Do not share cups or straws.
  • Do not share vaping products, including JUUL
  • Do not share bottles, straws
  • If you're feeling sick, please refrain from socializing

Following the guidance of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health,  Penn is offering booster immunizations to a targeted group of students; this is a public health intervention referred to as ring immunization. Outreach and booster vaccination efforts are ongoing.

Occupational Medicine continues to confirm that faculty and staff are at much lower risk as their exposures are much more limited, and their behavioral patterns differ from that of the students.

If you're interested in more information on mumps, please visit our disease updates.


It is Flu season but there are other dieases and infections that may be discussed in the news or among students. Norovirus, Mono, Conjuntivitis, Meningitis are some of them. Some of these illnesses can knock you flat for 5 to 10 days or more. Check out Campus Health's Disease Surveillance pages for more information about these diagnoses. Washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and keeping away from others' germs can also help keep you from getting the flu and other viruses. Still have questions? Call SHS at (215) 746-3535 during our hours of operation to speak with a nurse. After hours, a clinican is on call to answer urgent matters.

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Penn is tobacco free! To learn more about this important initiative, especially on how Penn students were involved, watch this videoInterested in smoking cessation resources available to Penn students? Look here. You can schedule an appointment online or call (215-746-3535) to see our smoking cessation counselor; appointments are free and unliminted.

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There is a national shortage of Yellow Fever vaccine. The only US manufacturer, Sanofi Pasteur, has very tight restrictions on the vaccine supply. Currently, SHS has limited availability of  the Yellow Fever vaccine, which will be given in strict accordance with CDC recommendations. Please call to discuss your travel plans should they be to areas where the vaccine is required.

CAPS
(including nights/weekends)
215-898-7021

Office of the Chaplain
215-898-8456

Weingarten Learning Resources Center
215-573-9235

HELP Line
215-898-HELP
(898-4357)

RAP Line
(Reach A Peer, 
9pm - 1am)
215-573-2RAP
(573-2727)

Special Services
215-898-6600

VPUL / Student Intervention Services
215-898-6081

Student Health Service
(including nights/weekends)

215-746-3535